U.S. Army veteran Daryl Roy was motivated to co-found 3D Media with his wife, Megan, in 2016 so no one would have to experience the same devastation he endured when a tragic on-the-job accident stole the lives of two soldiers – including a close friend – and left hundreds injured. Since then, the Roys have remained committed to developing virtual and augmented reality training solutions that minimize risk for clients in the petrochemical industry.
Founded in the Roys’ home state of Louisiana, 3D Media grew quickly to serve industry giants such as ExxonMobil and LED FastStart. They first learned about The Corridor region through contract work with the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation. Orlando’s reputation as a global modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) epicenter piqued their interest. But it wasn’t until they were introduced to Carol Ann Dykes Logue, director of programs & operations for the Innovation Districts & Incubation Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF), that the idea of an expansion to Florida began to solidify.
“Orlando is the epicenter of MS&T with one of the most innovative universities, plus companies with entire missions to push the bounds of what MS&T can do,” Roy said. “This ecosystem is incredibly valuable to bootstrap startups like us and it’s rare.”